The Association actively supports proposed statutory changes before the Virginia General Assembly that are in the public interest and selectively opposes those contrary to the public interest. The organization also provides logistical and lobbying support for the legislative initiatives of the Boyd-Graves Conference and for positions adopted by the Virginia Family Law Coalition.
2014 General Assembly session
The VBA and its lobbying team are working on 13 legislative proposals and laying the groundwork for another successful session. The session calendar shows starting and ending dates for legislative action.
In 2013, the VBA legislative agenda included seven pieces of proposed legislation recommended by the VBA Wills, Trusts & Estates Section and four amendments to sections of the Code of Virginia based on suggestions from the Boyd-Graves Conference. Lobbying also was done on behalf of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar Council, as well as the Virginia Family Law Coalition and VBA Commission on the Needs of Children. By mid-March, the governor had approved two bills proposed on behalf of the VBA and its affiliates, and was reviewing the others. The General Assembly convened Jan. 9 and adjourned Sine Die on Feb. 23. Should the governor amend or veto bills, they will be considered at the General Assembly reconvened session on April 3.
2011: You can read the VBA summary of its principal activities at the 2011 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly. Most of the new legislation covered in the summary took effect on July 1, 2011.
Special benefit for VBA Section members
Current members of VBA sections receive additional reports on important legislation in their particular areas of interest. Section membership is just $25 per area. VBA members can enroll online.